John Goodman / Ja Rule
November 3, 2001


I got a lot of flack for my last review but a lot of you really didn't understand what I was saying. I'm sorry you didn't get in, I'll try harder next time.

Sports Report-
Devils- After a piss-poor start, they went on a nice 6 game winning streak. I'm confident now- they should trade Holik soon. Get out of the cellar please
Leafs- They're kicking ass. The lost to Pittsburgh was bogus but they're in first so I'm happy. Mogo needs to step up.
Canucks- They suck right now but hopefully Cassells will come back soon.
Nets- 3-1 baby!!!!!! Van Horn is playing great as is Kidd. Keep it up.
Saints- Who dat? Who dat? That game on Sunday, rocked the kasbah and kept rocking and didn't stop rocking. They got the Jets tonight- riiiiiiiiiiiight.

Mailbag!!!!
This comes from Alexnow1@aol.com-
i think u r a mean person and you are on that should not be reviewing a good show like snl. freak
Reply-
A lot of people mistake mean for critical. You are one of them. When SNL puts on a crap show I will criticise them. I'm very critical of the show- I expect a good show and when I don't get one- I don't like it. People who say stuff like that, obviously haven't read too manu of my reviews or else they would know that when SNL puts good stuff on, my lips become chapped from kissing ass. I don't get the freak thing but feel free to reply.

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Let's start-
Pre-show thoughts-
John Goodman has hosted 11 times previous and is in Monsters Inc. Ja Rule raps.

Cold Opening
Cast- Darrell Hammond, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Chris Kattan, Seth Meyers, Dean Edwards
Thoughts- Darrell doing an impression. CONSPIRACY!! CK sucked per the norm but this skit ruled. Darrell was motivated and obviously read my review cause he was awesome. _ off Ana was also great. Homer Simpson mode on. It's funny because its true. Homer Simpson mode off. ****1/4

Monologue
Cast- John Goodman, Kattan
Thoughts- Monologues have really sucked this year eh? Kattan looks nothing like Kim. This skit looked like nothing remotely resembling something funny. _ off. _*

Herbal Essences
Cast- Gasteyer, Will Ferrell, Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, Edwards, Poehler, Richards
Thoughts- Saw it at Reese episode and I gave it ***. I still give it ***. Not bad. Amy and Rachel in same skit. POLTICS! ***

Hudson Valley CC
Cast- Aykroyd, Ferrell, Sanz, Gasteyer, Dratch, Jimmy Fallon, Hammond, Edwards
Thoughts- Aykroyd is apparently on the Chris Farley diet plan. Pretty funny skit and glad to see SNL is doing skits about this stuff. Some stuff fell flat but mostly funny stuff. ***1/2

Wilford Brimley
Cast- Goodman
Thoughts- Call me crazy but good stuff. It ran a little long but was very funny. Let's hope Goodman doesn't show up on every show doing this. Like I said- very funny. ***3/4

Gaydar
Cast-Goodman, Gasteyer, Dratch, Morgan, Kattan, Fallon, Ferrell, Meyers
Thoughts- Chris Kattan playing someone whose gay. I'm surprised his character didn't come through the backdoor. I guess Norm needed new material or something. More Rachel Dratch- POLITICS. This was pretty funny continuing a trend for tonight. Good stuff all around- ***

Pregnancy
Cast- Meyers, Poehler
Thoughts- WHEN FEATURED PLAYERS ATTACK! This ruled it. Seriously- I've seen skits like this that draaaaaaag on and on- this didn't and I say kudos and kudos again. I'm getting Sean Hayes/Shaggy flashbacks. Great stuff from newbies- ****

CBS News
Cast-Hammond
Thoughts- Started out really funny and great but ran wayyyyy too long and draaaaaaged towards the end. Still good stuff. ***.75

Ja-Rule
Thoughts- sucked. _*

Weekend Update
Cast- Aykroyd, Goodman, Tina Fey, Fallon, Meyers
Thoughts- Seth Meyers is God!!! Seriously, his commentary was pants wettinginly hilarious. His remarks on Knoblaugh- oh my god. Updated ruled it and rocked it and I loved it. The Blues Brothers killed it. I'm a big fan and all but they did nothing, weren't funny. They just tried to get the crowd to pop- WTF was up with Goodman's voice. Still- Updated ruled all. ****3/4

America Undercover
Cast- Goodman, Kattan, Edwards, Poehler
Thoughts- Amy rules!!! Poor Dean- I think that was his hazing. He should've piledriven Kattan just to make me laugh more. _ off. Amy was hysterical and John is a lucky bastard- T&A rules!!! These characters should be recurring if purely for T&A purposes. Great skit- ****

JaRule
Thoughts- Suck meet JaRule. JaRule meet suck. _*

Bad Conceptual Theatre
Cast- Aykroyd, Goodman, Kattan, Meyers, Poehler, Richards
Thoughts- Two funny things- Maya getting the flowers and Aykroyd winning the William Regal award for best facial expression of the night. Who did Seth sleep with? Rest of skit sucked. *

Detectives
Cast- Goodman, Sanz, Meyers, Poehler
Thoughts- Pro means for in Latin. Dissapointing crowd reaction. Great skit for last skit, good skit overall. Amy and Seth are great and I'm looking forward to next year when they'll have to carry the show. Good stuff. The masturbate thing-ewwwwwwwwwwwww. ***

Bottom Line- Avg. skit was **.8. This show was awesome and SNL was able to rebound which is a good thing. Good job guys, keep it up.

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Episode Review written by Bob Barron


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